December 14, 1799
President George Washington passes away...
Washington spent much of December 12 riding around his estate in cold and rainy weather. The next day, he admitted to a sore throat, but he refused to do anything about it. His secretary, Tobias Lear, later wrote that Washington considered the sore throat a “trifling” matter and “he would never take any thing to carry off a cold—always observing, ‘let it go as it came.’” Washington spent the evening reading newspapers aloud—apparently in a hoarse voice—with Martha Washington and Lear.
Unfortunately, the “cold” quickly became more serious. Washington woke Martha up in the early morning hours, saying that he felt unwell. Martha wanted to get help, but it was cold, and he refused to let her get out of the warm bed. He did not want Martha to catch a cold.
The next morning, doctors were called to Washington’s bedside. Unfortunately, the medical practices of the time most likely worsened his condition: They “bled” him repeatedly. Interestingly, one of the doctors urged a different cure. He wanted to cut a hole in Washington’s trachea, beneath the supposed infection, to help him breathe, even though his throat was closing. (Modern doctors have speculated that even this solution might not have helped, though.) At about 4:30 in the afternoon, Washington asked Martha to bring him his wills. He had her burn one, as it was useless. Washington gave more directions about other matters to Lear. At one point, he told a doctor, “I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.” Later, he asked Lear to make him a promise: “[D]o not let my body be put into the vault in less than two days after I am dead.” (Presumably, he did not want to be accidentally buried alive.) Lear nodded, but Washington persisted: “Do you understand me?” Lear said, “Yes, sir.” Washington responded: “’Tis well.” These were his last words. He died soon thereafter.
At the time of his death he was living in retirement at Mount Vernon.
George Washington, first President of the United States and still one of the most revered people in American history, died #onthisday
day 219 years ago-Dec. 14, 1799. Washington commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolution, leading the colonists to victory over Great Britain. He strongly supported the Constitution and was twice unanimously elected President of the United States by the Electoral College. Washington served as President from 1789-97.
When Washington died, one of his contemporaries, Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, called him "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Ironically, one of Henry Lee's sons, Robert Edward Lee, a Virginian like Washington, would later lead rebel soldiers during the Civil War in an attempt to split the country that Washington worked so hard to create and build. (Of course, Washington was a rebel in his own time as well, leading colonists in a split from the British.) #georgewashington #POTUS #americanrevolution #virginia #civilwar #emergingcivilwar
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This is the interior of the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg. Even though this building burned down in its entirety, Thomas Jefferson made accurate recordings of the size and style of its many rooms while living here as governor. Those drawings served as the foundation for rebuilding the structure during the 1930s. http://ow.ly/j2Fv30mXuh5
On this day in 1774, Paul Revere makes a furious ride to warn colonists that the “British are coming!” Okay, so it wasn’t that ride. Revere’s famous midnight ride was still 4 months in the future. Instead, this little-known ride was made from #Boston
. Relations between Great Britain and her American colonies had been strained for quite a while. In October 1774, King George III made things even worse: He imposed a ban on the exportation of arms & ammunition to North America. He also wanted arms already in the colonies secured. Patriots in Boston soon heard that British vessels were headed to Fort William and Mary, in New Hampshire. The roads were a frozen, slushy mess, making travel dangerous. But Paul Revere was determined to carry the warning. He set off early on December 13. By the end of the day, he was in New Hampshire. A fife and drum paraded through the town early on December 14, calling militia to action. By mid-day, 400 militia had gathered, prepared to attack the fort before the British Regulars arrived. That garrison was guarded by only 6 men. It fell quickly, and colonists carried away about 100 barrels of gunpowder. “The logistics of overtaking a woefully undermanned fort were not daunting,” historian Christopher Klein says of the attack, “but the sheer brazenness of the mission, and its dire consequences, should have given the men some pause…storming the fort ‘was the highest act of treason and rebellion they could possibly commit.’” Nevertheless, 1,000 colonists were back the next day. British reinforcements wouldn’t arrive until too late. Governor Wentworth blamed the entire episode on Paul Revere. Before he’d arrived, Wentworth wrote, “all was perfectly quiet and peaceable here.” FULL STORY: TaraRoss.com #TDIH #USHistory #history #liberty #freedom #TBT #throwback #AmericanRevolution #historybuff #sharethehistory